Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania Project Granted Status of Project of National Economic Significance

On 5 November 2014, the Gas Interconnection Poland – Lithuania project was granted by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania the status of a project of national economic significance.

The status of a project of national economic significance enables the adoption of any Project-related decisions in the shortest time possible, including a more rapid execution of procedures for the environmental impact assessment of the planned economic activities as well as the spatial planning and engineering design procedures. State and municipal authorities as well as their subordinate bodies will be obliged to attach a priority order to the examination of documents relating to implementation of the Project and will have to ensure the adoption of the Project-related decisions within the shortest time possible.

This Project is important in terms of the implementation of both Lithuania’s national and the European Union's energy policy objectives. The aim of the Project is to integrate the isolated Baltic and Finnish natural gas markets into a common gas market of the European Union (hereinafter – the EU), to diversify gas supply sources and routes, to increase the security and reliability of gas supply and to enhance the  energy solidarity of the EU Member States.

The Project for the construction of a 534-km-long gas pipeline interconnection between Poland and Lithuania is implemented by the Lithuanian natural gas transmission system operator, AB Amber Grid, and the Polish gas transmission system operator, Gaz-System S.A. The investments of the Project are estimated at EUR 558 million, of which EUR 136 million make up the investments in the territory of Lithuania. Part of the investments will be funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) support funds, the award of which on 29 October 2014 was approved by CEF Energy Co-ordination Committee. The Project is scheduled for completion in 2019.



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